[Review] The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Genre: YA – Mythology

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.
Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Review

I wasn’t really familiar with Egyptian mythology but I thought it would be a great idea to try new things out. And please can we take a moment just to admire that gorgeous starry cover?? *_* Okay, okay! I admit that the cover also attracted me a bit. OKAY, FINE! A LOT ><

“I will fill myself with the desert and the sky. I will be stone and stars, unchanging and strong and safe. The desert is complete; it is spare and alone, but perfect in its solitude. I will be the desert.”

Told in Isadora’s perspective, in the beginning her voice seems utterly bitter it’s like NOTHING can please her. Every page is filled with her complaints and anger toward her godly parents who – according to our MC over here – never care about their mortal children. I know that some of you might even hate Isadora due to her sour attitude but I personally think her sarcasms are hilarious sometimes. I also liked how light and teenage-ish the writing is – I couldn’t help but to keep turning the pages!

In contrast with Isadora, the side characters are very bubbly and basically like rays of sunshine lol. Tyler and Scott – they are this weirdly awkward couple but so adorable at the same time. Add Ry, the love interest who – unlike Isadora – believes in love. Although determined not to fall in love with him, of course our main character eventually cannot resist his charm. There are lots of moments in which Ry just wants to show his romantic attraction to Isadora but she flat-out rejects him with her “I don’t want to fall in love with him. Love hurts” blablabla to the point that I was like guuurl just accept him it’s crystal clear that you have a crush on him!

However, in the end Isadora’s character has changed for the better. I barely realized that the complaining had decreased throughout the story – I was probably drowning in the fluffiness LOL. Although there’s romance, the main theme of The Chaos of Stars is still about family and I was glad when the protagonist eventually comes to a realization that she is wrong all along.

Additionally, there’s a snippet in the beginning of each chapter about the history of Egyptian gods and how it is ultimately connected with the story line. They’re also really helpful for people who aren’t familiar with Egyptian mythology like me. The god’s names might be confusing at first but I gradually managed to get used to them.

If you’re looking for heaps of Egyptian mythology goodness, then chances are you will be really disappointed with The Chaos of Stars. In my opinion, it’s actually 75% contemporary and 25% mythology. I was disappointed because I was hoping I could read about Egyptian mythology awesomeness. . .The story is mostly about Isadora’s transformation from this bitchy and bitter teenage girl into a more hopeful and optimistic person. Because it’s more of a character-driven book, the pacing can be really slow at times. However, I enjoyed it anyway thanks to the writing.

Overall, The Chaos of Stars was unlike what I had expected. . .The plot is sort of predictable, but I guess I don’t mind light and fluffy romance. It was something I needed anyway. One more thing, do not be fooled by the synopsis cause there’s barely mythology in this except for the gods and goddesses appearing for a few times. But if you read this as a contemporary with a slight twist of mythology, perhaps you’ll find yourself enjoying it more – just like what I did.

11 comments

  1. Haha yes PRETTY COVERS ALL THE WAY! * ^ * Does it have golden foiling to make it shiny because shiny is good…shiny and sparkles are veerrry good. XD I absolutely adore your reviews, Kezia! They are just so fun to read! And this one no less! Though I don’t think i’ll be reading this one because the main character doesn’t sound like someone I will get along with…maybe I will…depending on how White writes her..

    But lets focus on the romance! Oh gosh!–it sounds absolutely shoujo. The girl refuses to fall in love, the love interest loves her-she denies-she falls in love-HAPPILY EVER MAKING LOTS OF CUTE BABIES TOGETHER!!!

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    1. YEP HIGH FIVE DELANEY! HIGH FIVE ^^ I never thought that my reviews are that funny but I am so glad that they entertain you! I love reading your reviews as well! :> The book is very light and cute despite the sour protagonist but I totally get why anyone would find her annoying — she overreacts a bit sometimes! >< Luckily her sarcasms won my heart…

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  2. I totally agree with your review, Kezia! This one’s more contemporary than mythology but I did like the Egyptian mythology bits! Like you, I enjoyed Isadora’s sarcasm too. Sure, she’s quite the cynic but her voice was realistically teenager-like, yes? And of course I love fluff so I found this one to be a fun enough read. Awesome insights! 🙂

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    1. Yeah now I must admit that I’m quite intrigued by Egyptian mythology — perhaps I should try Riordan’s Egyptian books next! 😉 And the writing style is probably my favorite thing of the book — very teenage-ish, funny, light and just readable. We need fluff every once in a while, don’t we? ;D

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  3. I really want to try Greek Mythology but I’m more of a Greek person…ahem you know why 🙂 This sounds like a cute novel and I love those characters that are sarcastic. It just makes the book so much more funnier. It’s helpful having the the history in it because you learn so much reading these books! Great review, I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this one.

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    1. Yes, I’m more of a Greek type too but I was attracted by the pretty cover LOLZ xD Cute and light would describe this book best, I think. It wasn’t adventure-ish and heavy on the mythology part but the writing and the sarcasms made the book enjoyable for me 🙂

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  4. This sounds like a fun read (Which I really desperately need since Hex Hall 0.0). I’m not really into mythology, though. And it’s sad that the plot is predictable. But oh well, fun read top it all. Let’s buy this one right away *march straight to book store*

    Neysa @ [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E]

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  5. Heh. I might not like it due to the percentage of romance, but Chaos of Stars looks interesting. Egyptian Mythology is something featured in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles! They are really good. *Peer Pressure*

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